This October sees the return of the Nottingham Comic Convention, featuring a guest list packed full of awesome comic professionals alongside the best of the small press (including our good selves). So as we begin to look forward to this fantastic comics focused event, we catch up with organiser Kev Brett to find out more about why Nottingham is a convention you need to support and also get the lowdown on the new NCC Anthology, now funding on Kickstarter!

We’re used to writer Ken Reynolds pushing the boundaries of small press with comics like Cognition and experimental anthology Sliced Quarterly, but his latest book In Trouble is not only a unique approach to science fiction, but his most personal story yet, as it deals with pregnancy and the end of the world. Plus, he’s taken on the art chores himself too! With a super quick Kickstarter looking for funding, we catch up with him to find out what to expect from this expectant tale.

We see plenty of anthologies in the small press scene, but none quite like Transience: An Unforgettable Anthology. Now being funded on Kickstarter, it collects together a variety of stories set in a world where people can no longer make short term memories to create a unique mix of anthology and ongoing series. But will it succeed in drawing in readers or will it be another anthology which just fades into memory?

We first met Joseph Oliveira and read his ‘dark gem of a read’ Ghost Island at this year’s True Believers Comic Festival, where the book debuted and it has remained one of our favourite comics of the year so far. So with news that the second issue was about to hit Kickstarter we thought we should catch up with Joey and find out more about his world of ‘Jurassic Park with ghosts’ and his adventures with conventions and Kickstarter.

JD Oliva’s New Orleans based flood drama, Deluge, has been a long time favourite of ours, and so we were excited to discover JD was bringing a completely new tale to Kickstarter, Red Sunrise, featuring vampires in feudal Japan. We catch up with JD and find out why his take on the world of the undead manages to reinvent the formula in ways we’ve never seen before, and why you should support it on Kickstarter here.

Christopher Sebela’s High Crimes was one of our favourite crime books of recent years, mixing criminality and mountain climbing in a truly unique digital-first package (and ended up bagging a well deserved Eisner nomination). So, when we heard he was heading back to the crime genre, and to Kickstarter, with a new book entitled Short Order Crooks all about crooks and cooking, we knew we had to drop him a line and put in an order!

It’s been two years since PJ Montgomery and Gavin Mitchell Kickstarted their adaptation of Steve Jackson’s fantasy novel The Trolltooth Wars, and it’s finally about to see the light of day! So where’s it been and what was the hold up? We catch up with PJ and Gavin to discuss one of the most anticipated indie books of the year and find out if it was worth the wait?! (Stay tuned for our full review tomorrow!)

From Mad Robot Comics, the team behind the recent Cadavers series, comes a new collected edition of Last Exit To Brighton, one of the first collaborations between writer Matt Hardy and artist Ed Bentley. Available in glossy colour for the first time, Ed’s awesome watercolour art has been given some extra zing to bring it bang up to date, while the story and lettering have also been given a quick tidy up by Matt and letterer extraordinaire Rob Jones. It means that our tale of a pair of mismatched detectives hunting an occult serial killer in post-apocalyptic Brighton is now even more weird and wonderful than ever before, and is a great chance to get a look at the early work of this really exciting and original indie teams!
You can find out more on the Kickstarter page here. And you can watch the pledge video below.

It’s been another bumper month for Kickstarters, and it wouldn’t be a crowd-funding extravaganza without the Aussie King of Kickstarter Ryan K Lindsay (Chum, Deer Editor and EIR). Instead of being another gritty crime drama, Ink Island is an all ages adventure starring his own kids that comes complete with a teaching pack for families and teachers.  So we decided to catch up with Ryan to find out the secrets of a good Kickstarter, why he’s aiming it at kids, as well as the mysteries of Ink Island.

Those shy and retiring chaps from Madius Comics are back with a new Kickstarter, collecting together the first 7 issues of their 6-part anthology Papercuts and Inkstains. So what can we expect in the collection of their superb anthology? Well, funny you should ask as writer Rob Jones and Mike Sambrook are always up for a chat and once we got them started it was tough to get them to stop as they give us the lowdown on everything we wanted to know about the world of Madius Comics! (And a few things we didn’t!)